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Brewed by Carlow
Style: Irish Ale
Bagenalstown, Co. Carlow, Ireland
Serve in English pint

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RATINGS: 731   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.04   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A traditional light hop flavour balances the sweet malty caramel taste. The addition of a pinch of roast barley during the brewing process lends a distinctive roast bite which is balanced by a crisp dry medium bitterness.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PorterPounder (5704) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - FEB 26, 2003
Deep red appearance with a thin but heavily lacing head. A little thin on the palate - but a nice aftertaste. Detect a bit of caramel as the commercial description indicates. Aroma - not very strong - or distinct. Overall, an enjoyable beer - a bit complex - but have only had one other of the style - so hard to tell if this is a good representation.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
kujo9 (1093) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - FEB 15, 2003
Reddish copper liquid pours an off white, large bubbled head. Suggests force carbonation as opposed to cask or bottle conditioning usually found for this style. Crystal clarity adds to aesthetics, but lack of head detracts. Initial aroma of Scotch whiskey and this one is a little tomatoey suggesting oxidation. Candylike caramel in the background of other aromas and I don't get a lot of fruitiness like the description suggests. Flavor is sweet initially, slightly; roasty flavors play way, way, way in the background; not very complex and finishes on the dry side. Very little hop flavor like bottle suggests, and I also don't get a whole lot of caramel flavor typical of an Irish Red. There is a slight bit of sourness, also not typical of the style, the carbonation seems a little high, and the body a little light. I'd like to re rate this beer again at another time because I don't think this bottle has been taken care of properly. I'm hoping the next one is better, but I just can't rate this one very high right now.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - FEB 15, 2003
This one pours a deep, clear, reddish brown color with a small, off-white lingering head. It has a nice malty aroma of sweet caramel. Medium bodied, medium carbonation with a slightlysweet malty flavor up front and a dry finish with no after tastes. A little light on flavor, this is a typical red ale, nothing outstanding.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 14, 2003
Pours with a deep red brown/mohagony body topped by a medium thick head with lots of lace. Slightly sweet and ruity malt aroma with good hoppy notes. Slightly bitter hoppy flavor with a touch of sweet maltiness. Medium to full bodied and slightly dry.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aurelius (4371) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - FEB 7, 2003
Monster nose -- ale, tobacco, dust, a little fruit -- reminds me of alt. Palate is decent for a session, a bit thin with a quick roast finish. Peaty, dried fruit and slightly smoked ale flavor. Very good. Good homebrew bottle. Dark red-brown, with a thin tannish head.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
JMerritt (1841) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - FEB 5, 2003
Dark red in color, no head to speak of. Many bubbles; looks like a glass of cherry Pepsi at a glance. Aroma is of malt and wet, mildewed canvas. Flavor is initially malty, somewhat sour, and finishes chalky and slightly hopped. Rather dry, talcum-like aftertaste. Forgettable.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jaymobrown (1693) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 5, 2003
Glowing dark red amber. Good head at first but becomes a wee one soon enough. Not much of a nose, but there's some Earth, ground tones. Good ale texture and feel. Some muted prune flavors mixed in with some malt.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Steak (124) - New York, USA - JAN 25, 2003
Not much in the aroma department except slight herbal and mossy notes. It is colored a very beautiful dark auburn red and starts off with a good sized head. This could just be from the perception that just because Guiness has a big head, all other Irish beers must also therefore have a bif head. Anyways, it dissipated quickly. Thin-ish body and that's not exactly a good thing nor a bad thing. For me, it finished really tart with traits of grapes, currants and other dark fruits. A little puzzling that was. It did then finish like an old, cold, poorly made coffee....all harsh bitterness.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 11/20
craftbeer (5) - USA - JAN 20, 2003 does not count
Words can't describe this. Truely the nicest red I have ever tasted. Nice red colour, with a perfect Malt and Roast Malt flavour. A true Irish.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
fiulijn (15260) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 20, 2003
Beautiful red-amber color. Malt nose, with a strange light herbs hint. Dry taste, some malt and very light roasted malt. Sufficient.


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